The number of Palestinians confirmed killed in Syria during the ongoing civil conflict has reached around 1,200-1,300, while an equal number are considered missing, the Palestinian Embassy in Syria announced Thursday.
The statistics reveal the devastating impact the war has had on Palestinian life in Syria, which previously was considered one of the most integrated and receptive host countries for those expelled from their homes in what became Israel in 1948.
The Palestinian Embassy in Syria said that 2,200 Palestinians, meanwhile, are being held as prisoners in Syrian regime jails, though only a small percentage of those were jailed for involvement in the uprising and conflict.
The head of the Palestine Liberation Organization delegation to Syria Ahmad Majdalani said that the numbers of people killed since 2011 are still not exact, however, with low estimates around 1,000.
The Palestinian Embassy in Lebanon gives a figure of around 1,300, meanwhile, which is on the high end of the spectrum, he added.
When combined with the number missing, which is thought to be roughly equivalent to those killed, the total numbers of those killed or missing reach around 2,500.
Majdalani pointed out that during the initial stages of the “crisis,” Palestinians in Syria remain relatively uninvolved. However, the turning point was when armed groups moved into Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, directly involving the camp in the war.
Their appearance in the camp, in turn, led to a siege by pro-regime forces and armed conflict, he added, which continues to consume the camp and has led to hundreds of deaths, many from starvation.
After months of siege and blockade, the camp eventually stopped being a major theater of war in the conflict and deaths have fallen sharply there since the beginning of the year.